YA Speculative Thriller
As a black woman from Barbados in the Caribbean, I’d like to submit my diverse YA speculative thriller SCARBOR ISLAND, complete at 69,000 words.
When seventeen-year-old Trinidadian Cyra rescues a drowning man with deep ties to the supernatural realm, Scarbor Island becomes a playground for nightmarish creatures with no qualms about picking off inmates one by one. Cyra soon discovers that the stranger she saved is behind the games, trying to find those strong enough to become permanent residents on what he calls his island, for a twisted menagerie.
As mortal numbers decrease and the dark realm closes in, Cyra and other survivors can’t seem to get past their differences to band together and attempt escaping the island. With few she can trust, Cyra must rely on her wits and resilience to stay alive, or be forever lost to the rest of the world.
SCARBOR ISLAND’s nonlinear narrative is loosely based on the African folktale The Ape, the Snake, and the Lion, and features a revamped version of “Papa Bois”—a popular character in Caribbean folklore. The story combines the urgency of Prison Break with the supernatural vibe of Lost, and features a multi-ethnic cast facing a myriad of dark dilemmas. It is standalone with series potential.
Under the pen-name “Jackie Jones” my self-published NA speculative thriller series “The Wardens Series Season One” was optioned for film in late 2015, short piece “Diary of a Punching Bag” is featured in the anthology Senseisha: Memoirs of the Caribbean Woman, and another in ArtsEtc Winning Words Anthology 2013/2014. I am also the recipient of multiple Barbadian literary awards.